If you would like to avoid spending tons of money by having your car professionally cleaned or detailed then you will love these budget-friendly car care hacks!

In this post, I will share 11 awesome ways to clean your car at home as well as tips on how to get your car interior looking brand new again.

What’s even better is that you can clean your car with products you probably have right at home!

Keep scrolling to check them out!


11 Car Cleaning Tips and Hacks

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1. Use Olive Oil to polish your leather dashboard.

Use Olive Oil on your dashboard to make it shine like new.

Mommy Footprint suggests using Olive Oil to shine your dashboard to make it look like new. Olive oil is an excellent all natural, non-toxic substitute to traditional car cleaners.

 

2. Use hair conditioner to wash the exterior of your car.

Use hair conditioner to wash your car. Most hair conditioners contain Lanolin which is a wwax that will make your car shine like new.

According to The Krazy Koupon Lady, use hair conditioner to wash your car instead of the traditional car washing soap. Most hair conditioners contain Lanolin which is a form of wax that will make your car shine like new.

 

3. Use Q-Tip and an old Toothbrush to clean those hard to reach spaces in your car.

Use an old toothbrush or q-tips to clean crevices in and round your car.

This awesome tip comes from Oh So Savvy Mom, where she suggests using an old toothbrush or q-tips to clean in between the small crevices in your car.

4. Make your own air fresheners using Essential Oils. 

Place a few drops of essential oil on a clothespin for DIY car freshener.

I love this tip from Femina, all you need to do is place a few drops of your favorite essential oils on a clothespin to freshen your car.

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5. Clean air vents using a paint brush. 

Use a sponge brush to clean and remove dust from your car's air vents.

Shared by Fluster Buster, take a simple sponge paintbrush to clean and remove dust from your car’s air vents.

 

6. Get rid of Bumper Sticker gunk with W-D40.

Use WD-40 to get rick of leftover residue from car stickers.

As seen on Shareably, all you need is a few quick sprays of one of the best products known to mankind aka WD-40, to get rid of that nasty car sticker residue and other gunk.

7.Clean your Cup Holders with a sock, Windex and a cup.

Use a cup wrapped in a sock and spray it with Windex to clean dirt and grime from your cup holders.

When was the last time you actually deep cleaned your cup holders? Grab a coffee cup. wrap an old sock on the end and spray with Windex. Twist the cup around in the holder to quickly clean the dirt and grime.

8. To get rid of bad smells use a small bag Charcoal. 

Use a bag of charcoal to get rid of bad smells in your car. Place the little baggies under your seats and voila! No more funky smells.

Simply put a few pieces of charcoal in a baggie and place underneath your car seats and voila! No more funky smells in your car. Genius!

9. Use Club Soda to get rid of tough stains.

Use club soda to get rid of stains in your car's upholstery. Let the soda sit for a few minutes then blot the area with a cotton towel.

Club Soda can help get rid of stains such as blood and other deep set stains in your car upholstery.Just soak the stains for a few minutes then blot the area with a cotton towel.

10. Use nail polish to prevent hairline cracks from spreading.

Use same color fingernail polish to repair scratches and prevent them from spreading.

Instead of paying for an auto repair shop to fix and repaint scratches, just grab a finger nail polish that’s the same color as your car and repair them yourself! You will save so much time and money.

11. Make your Tires look like new with baking soda. 

Make your tires shine and sparkle baby! Use baking soda, dish soap and warm waterto get your tires and hubcaps to shine like new again.

Make your tires shine and sparkle with this quick homemade cleaning paste. All you need is baking soda, dish soap, and warm water. Rub this mixture over your tires and you are sitting pretty.

 


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